Whether you climb rock walls, like those offered at the FLIPnOUT Fun Center, or climb shear rock faces at Red Rock Canyon and other popular rock climbing areas, having the right gear can make it easier and safer to do. If you don’t use the right gear designed for rock climbing, you will expend more energy while moving more slowly through the rock climbing course you have selected. Having the wrong gear also can mean more slipping and wasting of energy, which can become a large problem if you intend to climb higher and in locations where potential help is pretty much impossible to come by other than being very lucky.
Climbing Shoes Make a Huge Difference
Among the most important rock climbing gear you can obtain are shoes dedicated for rock climbing. Rock climbing shoes generally fit tightly and have specially designed soles that won’t slip as easily as traditional rubber soles on running shoes and other athletic shoes that many people choose to wear while climbing the rock wall at the FLIPnOUT Fun Center. When climbing a rock wall, it’s easier to get away with using standard athletic shoes, but you will slip and waste more energy than if you choose to use climbing-dedicated shoes. When buying your first pair of rock climbing shoes, the ones that are more affordable generally are good to buy because they will be dedicated toward climbing but still come at a cost that usually will be about $40 to $60.
Hand Gear is Important for Grip and Strength
Wearing gloves made for rock climbing can help improve your grip while preventing your hands from blistering or getting cut on rocks and other materials that are used on rock walls. Working out with a grip strengthener also can help to improve your grip on a rocky surface or a rock wall and help to improve your general safety.
What kind of gear do you use for climbing rock walls?